Day 4: Standing in Love and Staying in Love

Day 4: Standing in Love and Staying in Love 2017-05-22T18:49:06-06:00

Resilience, Love, and Path

A Dialogue with Lama Rod Owens and Susan Piver

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Learn how mindfulness helps you thrive in your relationships
  • Explore how our perceptions shape our resilience
  • Discover how resilience can shape your path

Lama Rod Owens

Officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Rod Owens is one of the leading teachers of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and is also a faculty member for IBme’s teacher training program. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spirit Magazine, and the book Real World Mindfulness for Beginners were he contributed the chapter on working with anger and difficult emotions. He has offered talks with many organizations and universities including New York University, Yale University, Harvard University, Tufts University, University of Vermont, and Boston College. He is also heavily engaged in social change work and has just released a book with Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah entitled, Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. His current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality.

To learn more about his work you can visit his website here as well as learn more about Radical Dharma here.

About Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her new book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. She is also founder of the Open Heart Project, an international online mindfulness community with close to 20,000 members.

Found more information on her events, books, classes, and more here.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.


  1. Soita May 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    The concept of recognising ones equilibrium really sunk in. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!

  2. Dandré May 22, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I very much appreciate your including a black perspective in these talks. We cannot get beyond race without going through race, especially for those of us for whom this is the “lived” experience. I am digging this Buddhist conference in a way that has resonance for me that I have not always been able the connect to when listening to Buddhist conferences. So thank you for being mindful in your planning of this warm, he nclusive and wonderful experience. Namaste.

  3. C May 22, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

    So many jewels of wisdom here, for which I am grateful. The most precious gift is Lama Rod Owens’ way of being. Even through video format (as opposed to being together in person), his kindness radiates and melts my heart. I feel more receptive to the world offering its kindness. This talk meant a lot to me. Thank you!

  4. Mimi May 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Rod doesn’t sacrifice honesty on the altar of popularity. He is a suffered person who has had the ability to translate that suffering from his Black roots in the south into grist for the mill, and beautifully.

  5. Lisa May 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you! The discussion that led to the final ~10 minutes was wonderful. And the last two topics were transformative. You are both so generous to share your teachings and your courage. Many bows.

  6. Mary Clark May 21, 2017 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Thank you to Lama Rod Owens. I appreciated what he said about the world is trying to be kind to us.I remember going to a silent retreat and saw acts of kindness and being deeply touched by them. I want to slow down and be able to see them every day and be a part of them in my busy life. People are basically good, I appreciate the reminder and will look for that and take it in.

  7. Leonora Orr May 21, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Appreciating the offerings so much……..I used to work at Gaia Bookstore in Berkeley in the ’70’s when the Hendricks were in the beginning stages of their workings, so it’s quite wonderful to see how they’ve evolved,
    shining together so harmoniously, kind of like one heart bubbling……..

    and then, the sounding of grounding through Rod Owens, since I lived in Africa for 10 years and have
    riveted through many trans formations, returning to Calif. in the ’80’s and being told by former Berkeley ‘activists’ that Africa was now ‘out’, like a past fashion?!?!?!? i said it can’t be ‘out’, it’s 13 times the size of the U.S. with nearly 50 countries!!; conditioning, projection, the speaker…….wow! magic of living!

    and Susan Pivers receiving, guiding, witnessing is very gentle and flowing like a sparkling brook…..thanks for all, caring with gracious sharing, me ke aloha (with aloha)

  8. Amber May 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Mind expanding

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